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One confirmed case of mumps in Oakville

One confirmed case of mumps in Oakvilleā€

In a districtwide message sent on February 28, school officials alerted parents, students and staff about the first confirmed case of mumps - a student.

The disease is contagious and caused by a virus.

You should also stay home if you end up contracting the illness, isolating yourself from others.

Severe complications from the infection are rare, but can include sterility, spontaneous abortion, deafness and more. "The vaccine against mumps is extremely effective and usually produces long lasting immunity", Mark Pfister, executive director of the health department, said in a statement. There is also a suspected case at Libertyville High School; a probable case in Lake Zurich related to a confirmed case in Barrington; and suspected cases in Lake Forest and Tower Lakes, the health department reports. Note the characteristic swollen neck region due to an enlargement of the boy's salivary glands.

With four confirmed cases of mumps at Barrington schools and 35 probable or suspect cases in the area, the Lake County Health Department announced Friday that it plans to team with Barrington School District 220 to conduct a vaccination clinic for staff, faculty and students affiliated with Barrington High School to take place early next week.

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Mumps for the most part has been a blip in Toronto with an average 11 cases reported per year for the 11-year-period from 2005-2015.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 4,000 mumps cases were reported in the U.S. in 2016, and mumps outbreaks are ongoing in the nearby states of Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

The health department offers the two routine MMR vaccines to children at one year old and upon entering kindergarten.

Mumps spreads through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat. If a tissue is not available, people should cough or sneeze into the upper sleeve or elbow, not the hands.

Because mumps is preventable with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, it is uncommon in the United States with only 229 cases being reported in 2012. "Cases commonly occur in places where people have had prolonged, close contact with a person who has mumps, such as attending the same class, playing on the same sports team, or living in the same dormitory". While the vaccine is not 100% effective, two dosages typically gives enough protection to prevent mumps, Sabella said, adding it's not too late for those who only received one dosage, or were not vaccinated at all to get the vaccine.



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